First African Missionary Baptist Church of Riceboro celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in July.
The commemorative program featured a special acknowledgment of state Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, for his role in the civil-rights movement, as well as his work with civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Rev. Neil Dawson presented Williams with a large plaque.
“It is nothing like being honored by your own people,” Williams said.
Many of Williams’ peers were in attendance, as the Liberty County High School Alumni Association reunion (classes 1953-72) was worshipping there as part of its biannual celebration.
Classes 1963 and 1964 were honored with their golden diplomas as part of the weekend of events.
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act that declared segregation illegal in America.